ORIENTEERS from Berkshire to Cornwall competed in the regional qualifying round of the Compass Sport Cup (large clubs) and Trophy (small clubs).
Planned, organised and hosted by Sarum Orienteers in woods on the Fonthill Estate, 420 competitors from ten different clubs took part. The competitions are open to all British orienteering clubs and Sarum Orienteers have an enviable record in recent years winning the Trophy twice and regularly achieving a podium place.
Courses ranged from the difficult Brown (9.3 km, 230m climb, 22 controls) to the easier Orange (2.7km, 70m climb, 11 controls) with classes for men and women and took runners through the steep slopes and undergrowth of this small but complex area. Results were decided for the large clubs by combining the scores of the best 25 runners and for small clubs, the best 13 runners.
The large club competition was won by Bristol Orienteering Club with 2546 points, ahead of Southampton (2297), Berkshire (2261) and Devon (2257).
In the small club competition, home club Sarum were hampered by the absence of several of their top runners and this showed in the final results where Wimborne (1285 points) beat Quantock (1252), Sarum (1251), Wessex (1234), North Wilts (1149) and Cornwall (646).
Bristol and Wimborne will go on to the Final of the competition to be held in October at Helsington Burrows near Kendal, Cumbria.